Harold Wellman: A Man who Moved New Zealand
This biography of a pioneering geologist represents a major contribution to the history of science in New Zealand. Best known for his discovery of the Alpine Fault on the South Island, Harold Wellman began his career in the 1930s with no formal academic training and based his work on observations of gold and coal mining, oil drilling, geophysics, and neotectonics. The first section of the book is an edited version of a memoir Wellmen wrote in his 80s, after which the biography proper takes up the saga of this iconoclast turned icon whose curiosity and aversion to preconceived ideas made him a revered mentor to many young scientists.
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Goldmining on the West Coast 193234
Apprentice geophysicist 193537
A man who could do anything 193942
Greymouth coal geologist 194345
Faulting and earthquakes 195052
Oil company geologist 195657
New research horizons 195865
An active retirement 197988
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